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OET Letter Writing – Step 4 Organizing

Including what is relevant in a case notes is most crucial in writing a letter because each case notes comes with a lot of irrelevant information. You score high based on this skill. Look at the case notes below and say if the following pieces of information are relevant or irrelevant:

OCCUPATIONAL ENGLISH TEST

WRITING SUB-TEST: Nursing
TIME ALLOWED:

READING TIME: 5 MINUTES
WRITING TIME: 40 MINUTES

Read the case notes below and complete the writing task which follows.

NOTES:

You are a registered nurse in the Cardiology Unit at St Luke’s hospital, Adelaide. Ms. Kylie Weiss is a patient in your care.

Today’s date: 09/07/2017

Name: Ms. Kylie Weiss
D.O.B.: 21/05/1952

Address: 8758, Pulteney Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000

Date of admission: 07/07/2017

Presenting Complaint:

BIBA (Brought in by ambulance)
2-hour history of intermittent discomfort jaw;
Heaviness in both forearms; constant discomfort.

IV access in ambulance, 10 mg IV Morphine on route, Aspirin 300 mg chewed, Glytrin spray x 3 ECG showing ST elevation.

Diagnosis: Myocardial Infarction

Medical History:

  • Weight: 85 kilograms, Height: 170 cm – Overweight (BMI-29)
  • Ex-smoker – (stopped 1994)
  • Mild osteoarthritis
  • Mild asthma – no exacerbations within last 5 years
  • Dyslipidemia (not treated)
  • Medications: NIL
  • Occupation: Works as taxi driver, mixed shifts
  • Dietary Habits: Eats fast food- fries, hamburgers, doughnuts, ice cream, non-drinker.

Family History:

  • Brother – Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) at 70 years
  • Sister MI (Myocardial Infarction) at 60 years, Mother-angina

Social History:

  • Marital status: Married, with one daughter
  • Husband – Peter Weiss, 67 years, retired, aged pensioner

Treatment

  • Emergency Angioplasty
  • ST Segment elevation on ECG –
  • Direct stenting to proximal LAD
  • Echocardiogram – Ejection fraction 35%
  • Pain/Discomfort – managed
  • Fasting Bloods (Lipids, Diabetes, TnI (proteins troponin), CBC (complete blood count) Cholesterol levels) checked.
  • Nil further pain / discomfort,
  • Cardiac status stable
  • Seemed confused re. diagnosis,
  • Reality of near-death experience
  • Educated re event, MI diagnosis and modifications to risk factors (Cholesterol, wt. loss)
  • R/v by Physiotherapist – cardiac exercise program provided
  • R/v by dietician – diet for weight loss & reduced cholesterol levels
  • Concerned about being unable to manage home on her husband’s pension – S/W input required

09/07/2017 Preparing for discharge

Discharge medications:

  • Atorvastatin 40 mg OD, Metoprolol 23.75 mg OD
  • Cilazapril 0.5 mg OD, Aspirin 100 mg OD, Ticagrelor 90 mg BD
  • Glytrin spray prn for chest pain

Discharge plan:

  • Refer to Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist…
  • Compliance with risk factor management (wt. loss, low cholesterol diet), medications, re-education re MI and its management.
  • No driving for 6 weeks.

WRITING TASK

Using the information given in the case notes, write a referral letter to Ms. Nina Gill, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist, Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic, 41, Jones St, Adelaide outlining important information.

In your answer:

  • Expand the relevant case notes
  • into complete sentences.
  • Do not use note form.
  • Use correct letter format.

The body of the letter should be approximately 200 words.

Get Ready!

Written by Biju John

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OET Letter Writing – Step 2 Removing Irrelevant Information

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